An estimated 100,000 young people from all of Italy were together for the first large-scale gathering of its kind in St. Peter’s Square since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered all public events in the country in 2020.
With over a million total downloads and about 40,000-50,000 downloads per month, Jesuitical has reached listeners globally, grown an online community, found financial supporters and is even hosting a pilgrimage to Italy in September.
“Be the critical conscience of society. Don’t be afraid to criticize. We need your criticism,” Pope Francis said during Mass on the feast of Christ the King Nov. 21 in St. Peter’s Basilica, where he directed much of his homily to the world’s young people.